Island Lake Loops

Brighton, Michigan 48116

Island Lake Loops

Island Lake Loops Professional Review and Guide

"The Blue and Yellow Loops at this popular trail system complement each other just like their namesake colors. Although each trail is enjoyable on its own, together they make a long singletrack cruiser with enough hills for a solid workout but not so many that water bottle arms get tendonitis.

The prettiest section comes after a bridge crossing and meanders next to the river, with big trees sheltering the trail. The route is easy to follow; however, due to its popularity sections can become rutted. Tread: 14 miles of singletrack, 0.3 mile of paved road."

Island Lake Loops Reviews

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7/28/2018
I use these trails to run on quite often. My greatest advice if on foot go as early as possible in the morning especially if it’s on a weekend to beat the heavy traffic of mountain bikers. I prefer to go against their traffic so I can see them coming and jump out of the way, fyi they don’t yield to peds for their strava times! Have seen deer, cranes, occasional turtle, tons of chipmunks and mice, and wild flowers. The yellow trail has a stunning hillside patch of trillium flowers in may. Black flys and mosquitoes peak in July, ticks are present year round. Wear orange in fall trails pass through areas open to hunting and I’ve spotted them many times. No hills seemed too hard it’s a comfortable mix of turns and hills, my gps for both trails logged 15.3miles with 818ft total elevation changes. Would rate 5 star if mountain bikers were more polite about sharing space with peds.
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4/9/2011
Today was my first time mountain biking and I did the blue trail at Island Lake. It's 9.3 miles long and was a great challenge. I would say its a great beginner or even easy intermediate. There is enough up and downs to make it fun and challenging, but not to make the trail daunting to a beginner. Other riders at the park said the yellow trail (at approx 6 miles) is more challenging than the blue with greater inclines than the blue. Loved this place.
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6/12/2010
This trail is pretty basic. There aren't many tough climbs or descents, but you can get some good speed going through the turns. There is a nice pond in the middle of the blue loops to take a swim if the weather is nice.
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10/21/2009
I had an excellent time here on the Blue trail. Marked every quarter mile or more. Excellent scenery in this fall. Be full of energy and pack some snacks ,It was close to 2 hours for me first time. Some hills were a little challanging but a lot of fun. There was one place that had a 45* drop -off so be careful. Have fun.
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Trail Information

Brighton
Nearby City
14.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Easy
Physical Difficulty
1 - 2 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Island Lake Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Kent Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018